UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news.
Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the right direction,” according to manager Jim Tracy.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Nicasio “was mobile again, with assistance, for the second consecutive day Tuesday” and “was able to speak briefly on the phone with his mother.”
Renck describes Nicasio’s progress as “incremental improvement” from the fractured vertebra in his neck, which teammate Troy Tulowitzki called “the scariest thing he has ever witnessed on a baseball field.”
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.